Accreditation

SACSCOC

SACSCOC Stamp of Accreditation

Tennessee State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate, Baccalaureate, Master's, Specialist in Education, and Doctoral degrees. Tennessee State University also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Tennessee State University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, by calling 404-679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC's website (www.sacscoc.org). 

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) is the recognized regional accrediting body in the eleven U.S. Southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia) and in Latin America for those institutions of higher education that award associate, baccalaureate, master's or doctoral degrees. To maintain accreditation with the Commission on Colleges, an institution must comply with the standards and requirements in The Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement and with the policies and procedures of the Commission on Colleges. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges conducts a comprehensive review of its institutions every ten years. The U.S. Department of Education requires accrediting agencies that it recognizes to monitor its institutions to ensure that institutions having access to federal funds continue to meet accreditation standards.

To that end, SACSCOC reaffirmed the accreditation of Tennessee State University on December 2, 2021. The University's next reaffirmation is 2030.

Resources:

SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement

SACSCOC Resource Manual for The Principles of Accreditation 

SACSCOC Accreditation 101: Zoom Information Session